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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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38 reader reviews for Vauxhall Vectra Estate.
  • 1.8i 16v Exclusiv 5dr

    Richard Bond , Powys . Date: 16/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought the car new instead of a secondhand diesel Vectra with the same specification, and accept the high depreciation because I will keep the car a long time.

    I have now covered 2300 miles, have no problems, and it seems to be doing about 38mpg.

    The load space is enormous and practical, although the separately locking tailgate is infuriating. The indicator stalks take a short time to get accustomed to, but the windscreen wiper stalk is still an annoying puzzle.

    The dealer was fine and I have not had to visit them since, except to activate the in-car entertainment system.

    The engine oil level has not dropped since new, as was suggested it might, and the oil is still a clear golden colour.

    I do enjoy driving it, and the driver's seat is very comfortable over long distances. However, the shortage of torque below 3000rpm is disappointing (because I live in a hilly area).

    The steering, roadholding, and brakes are all good, if not outstanding. I do like the amount of space next to and below the loadbay, for the first-aid kit, triangle, spare bulbs etc.

    The gas strut for the bonnet is a class act at this price. The paintwork, shutlines, and details are all very good.

    Motorway cruising is its territory, the wind noise is low, but there's more tyre noise than expected.

    Overall, this is very highly recommended as a large family car but I would suggest the larger petrol or the diesel engine might suit some owners.

  • 2.0 DTi 16v Club 5dr

    Neil Jenkins , Kent . Date: 23/07/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have now owned this car for 2 1/2 years and 40K miles it has been great! Initially purchased as a family run about, it quickly changed into a long distance 'company car'. It handles boths roles with ease.

    Along the way it has helped us move home twice, acted as a skip to transfer a tonne of earth to the local tip, carried 7ft wardrobes, transported all the materials for a large patio, and swallowed 100kg railway sleepers. A true work horse.

    I would love a new car, but I just can't find the excuse to sell this one!

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